Arkesis provides a wide range of digital services to publishers and other clients with book-related projects. With long experience of both print and digital publishing, we can discuss your ideas and projects with insight and practicality.
Content management systems (CMSs), digital asset management (DAM) systems and databases to manage the content behind print and digital products. We use a range of software, including web-based open-source content management systems (e.g. ProcessWire, MediaWiki, WordPress) and proprietary systems (e.g. Filemaker), depending on what best suits a project.
Automating the process of taking content from a variety of sources (usually a content management system) and building publications. The most common end products are InDesign documents, EPUBs, web pages, and data (often XML) for delivery to mobile applications.
Applications for iOS and Android built using content from books or other sources. We use rapid application development software (principally LiveCode, and looking towards HTML5) to keep development time realistic and to allow deployment to multiple platforms without major extra cost.
Websites and web applications based on publishing assets or integrated with print. Sites can be built as a means of publishing content - whether to generate revenue or not - or to promote other products. Modern development techniques can efficiently build sites that will run successfully on almost all devices.
Arkesis can produce both analysis of text and image content, including advanced search techniques, text mining and natural-language processing. We also have considerable experience of working with publishing data, such as ONIX, Nielsen data feeds and the like.
A particular speciality is machine learning – a type of artificial intelligence whereby data can be categorised or predictions made based on existing data.
Conversion between multiple formats, either through programming (using existing software wherever possible) or outsourced manual work. Most commonly this involves taking material produced for print and preparing it for a digital future – typically as XML or stored in a CMS (or both).
We understand semantic technologies (such as RDF, OWL, SPARQL), and can apply these to conversions if suitable.
When required, substantial experience in commissioning overseas outsourcing and a portfolio of reliable suppliers ensures high-quality and cost-effective work.
Arkesis also produces and updates a few books for print. We can take projects from manuscript to final PDF, providing all editing, design, picture research, and the commissioning of artwork and cartography.
If a project goes beyond our skill set, we probably know someone who could help – perhaps one of the other members of IPAC.